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[THREAD] The emergency law passed in #Hungary is another step in #Orban’s plan to get rid of #democracy and #RuleofLaw. Here are 5 things the #EU could do to help Hungarians restore their democracy. Tools are there, just not being used.
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1 - Use the stick. #Orban’s emergency law violates EU rules in at least two ways, which could allow the @EU_Commission to open infringements and bring #Hungary before the #ECJ.
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The threat of imprisonment will dissuade media outlets, journalists and activists from working in and on #Hungary. That violates EU rules on freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services, as well as fundamental rights – incl. freedom of expression and information.
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#Hungary justice minister @JuditVarga_EU wrote an op-ed in @POLITICOEurope defending emergency powers bill which will allow the government to rule by decree. In making her argument, she revealed why critics are worried about the powers this bill will grant to #Fidesz. Thread:
Varga says other EU gov'ts have "also taken exceptional measures in response" to #coronavirus. This is true, but none, to my knowledge, have declared decree powers with no time limit or sunset clause.
She writes that HU's constitution (which #Fidesz unilaterally authored in 2012) allows emergency decrees to remain in force for 15 days, after which parliament can extend them. This bill would circumvent parliament so existing *or future* decrees would be authorized by default.
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1. #Bulgaria/n #economy 101! #Thread

#Borissov's government is proud that in 2018, #GDP growth was 3.2%, but how impressive is this and should you be impressed too?
2. #Bulgaria has the lowest #GDP/capita in the #EU, but it is not that small. Our population is ca 7.1 million. What does that mean? Lack of efficiency, but not only.

Graph credit: WorldBank
3. #Bulgaria has the lowest median earnings in the #EU. In 2018, the net salary was 457 EUR. Contrast with #Romania (565 EUR), #Poland (784 EUR), and #Greece (917 EUR).

Chart credit: reinisfischer.com/average-salary…
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-A interview of a antisemitisem scientist-

"In polls, many #Germans are annoyed by the thematization of the #Holocaust: One third is annoyed that the crimes committed against the #Jews are still held up today. And 41 percent think that #Jews talk about it too often ..."
The feeling of being held up is apparently present in many, they feel attacked. It is quite paradoxical: Although in surveys almost 90 percent say that belonging to #Germany is the knowledge of the history of National Socialism. Nevertheless, especially the #youth find today:
My #grandfather was already no longer involved, at some point is also good times. Interestingly, this is not just a #German phenomenon, but in the whole of #Europe, such as in #Poland and #Hungary, but also in #Spain or the #UnitedKingdom.
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A palpable revival of #UniversalJurisdiction is underway in Europe.
Here are 7 examples of recent important activities (trials, arrests, investigations) that have taken place only in the last few weeks.
There are certainly more that I am unaware of.
And certainly more to come.
1. #Sweden
>> Arrest of an Iranian national allegedly involved in the #1988Massacre of thousands of detainees. First ever #UniversalJurisdiction case on #Iran to go ahead.
nytimes.com/reuters/2019/1…
2. #Belgium
>> The trial of a #Rwandan man accused of having participated in the 1994 #genocide of the Tutsi minority is currently underway.
brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgi…
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🚨George Kent told Congress that Trump's conversations with #Putin🇷🇺and #Hungary's president (along with @RudyGiuliani) shaped Trump's negative view of #Ukraine, changing his view of Zelenskiy from “very positive” on April 21 to “negative” 1 month later.🤬
nbcnews.com/politics/trump…
@RudyGiuliani After Trump's 1st call with Zelenskiy on April 21, Trump spoke by phone with Putin on May 3, and hosted #Hungary's far-right president Orban at the WH on May 13.

Soon thereafter, Trump's view on #Ukraine suddenly became very negative.🙄

#TrumpRussia
@RudyGiuliani Kent: “Fiona (Hill) assessed the conversations as being similar in tone and approach...Putin and Orban extensively talked #Ukraine down, said it was corrupt, said Zelenskiy was in the thrall of oligarchs...negatively shaping a picture of #Ukraine and even Zelenskiy himself.”🤬
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Berlin is finally waking up to #Huawei #5G debate. If you're late to the show, here's an insightful brief by @dgapev on the dire situation in Germany. Discord even within the govt on how to address security/economy trade-off, but critical voices now from across pol spectrum.
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In essence, it boils down to what we at @ECThinkTank have long argued: EU (incl Germany) cannot afford "narrow view of the issue that prioritizes short-term economic interests and fails to uphold national security and democratic values."
Well said, @dktatlow & @KaanSahinDe
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From cyber-enabled espionage and data manipulation to outright disruption of critical services, horror scenarios aren't hard to imagine. #Huawei's goodwill assurances are hollow, as its susceptibility to #CCP party-state is enshrined in law, e.g. National Intelligence Law.
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We have not even scratched the surface of the damage Trump has done to our and NATO’s national interests.

How many of these countries were also extorted and held hostage by Trump and Barr unless they agreed to participate in a Kremlin charade against our national interests?
Russian influence rising in Balkans, Baltics, Central Europe

apnews.com/05da1f1eabeb42…
Russia’s Game in the Balkans

(carnegieendowment.org/2019/02/06/rus…)
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#Hungary , Loudly Opposed to Immigration, Opens Doors to More Foreign Workers. Premier Viktor #Orban government recently began expediting work permits amid strong growth, declining population and rising wages. My report via ⁦@WSJwsj.com/articles/hunga…
Hungarian re­cruiters now have to compete with countries like Germany for workers and of­fer free ac­com­mo­da­tion and sub­si­dized meals for immigrant labourers, as well as pro­vide in­ter­preters and re­turn trips to their home coun­tries. @WSJ wsj.com/articles/hunga…
Meanwhile, Germany still hasn’t approved a proper legal framework for labour immigration. Some recruiters say the Hungarian system for attracting skilled and semi-skilled migrant workers is better and more efficient. @WSJ wsj.com/articles/hunga…
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42. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria
#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
1 to 20. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria 🤨👇🏼
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21 to 40. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria 🤨👇🏼
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Excellent points, Kellyanne. These are dark days for America. Trying to take guns away from innocent citizens is not the answer. Perhaps mental health is not, either. This “kid” who got an AK-47 with a 7.62 caliber was either combat trained or a hired professional.
2/ He was in black from head to toe. This was a HIT. It was PLANNED; & even crazy people can PLAN, perhaps in anticipation of #AntifaDomesticTerrorists proposed “meeting,” in #ElPasoSeptember It’s time to arrest these groups, & end the hate they engender👇🏻
3/ A pic of #Soros goes with the subject of #Antifa & #ElPasoTerrorist it’s because he directly funds #BLM #Antifa #TheCaravans through his affiliations with CARA (Pueblo Sin Fronteras in Chgo, run by Roberto Corona), La Familia Latina Unida (the parent company founded in 2001 by
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19. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey,Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Jordan, Nato in Syria

#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstChildren #CrimesAgainstHumanity
1. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Jordan, Nato in Syria 😉👇🏼
2. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Jordan, Nato in Syria 😉👇🏼
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"Today #Russia is doubling down on malign influence operations across #Europe & North America" Penn Biden Center's @mikercarpenter tells House Foreign Affairs Comm "But we remain remian unprepared, underfurnded & often ignorant of the threat"
"It's not just #Russia" per @mikercarpenter "#China & other non-state actors whose influcne and destabilization operations pose a threat to our democracy"

"We urgently need to focus more resources on rooting out Russia's malign networks, addressing our own massive vulnerabilies"
"We need better coordination between our domestic law enforcement agencies & our nat'l security aparatus" per @mikercarpenter "Too often one hand doesn't know what the other is doing"
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#Panel discussion on "What is the new normal for #CESEE?"
@wiiw_news #wiiwSpringSeminar
Vizek: "Very strong public sector, lot of informal economy. Croatia experienced slow growth before, so new normal not really new. But political willingness to reform very low."
Zubovic: positive trends in #Serbia: - rapid #growth in #IT sector over last 3/4 years w/ 3% to 6% share of GDP - Huge Chinese #investments, but with #externalities - Macroeconomic #stability, no fiscal #deficit anymore - foreign #debt declining - Substantial growth of #GDP
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Ah, the #EuropeanParliamentElection knocks at the door! Let’s see who is #campaigning for what…In #Italy, a #rightwingcoalition calls for a #guaranteedincome, #largerpensions, and resistance to the heavy-handed #austerityprograms enforced by the #EuropeanUnion.
In #France, some #rightwinggroups champion #fight against #climatechange, decry #exploitation of #foreignworkers, growing #economicinequality. What about the #centerright and #centerleft parties? #Polls show they will lose their #majority, and the Euroskeptics bag 30+% of seats.
However, #Euroskeptic, like #populist, is a term that obscures more than it reveals. #Spain’s leftist #Podemos isn’t likely to break bread with #Italy’s rightist #NorthernLeague-#M5S, but both are considered #Euroskeptic. Some are really #wolves but wear #sheepskins.
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#OperationGladioB: What is it? How and why was it implemented? By whom? Read My Book “The Lone Gladio” (Hardcover & #Kindle). #TheLoneGladio #SibelEdmonds amzn.to/2FmoWwd
#GladioB Operasyonunun İlk Olarak #ABD’de İfşa eden bendim. Bu Operasyon nedir? Neden ve Nasıl Uygulanmakta? Kimler Tarafından Uygulanıyor? Hepsi 2014’te Amazon en çok satan kitaplar listesine giren “The Lone Gladio” kitabımda. #OperationGladioB: amzn.to/2FmoWwd
Not to gloat, but read the reviews- enlightening. So glad to see that there are those who are awake- they get it. And as long as we have people like them we have “HOPE”! #OperationGladioB: The (Hardcover & #Kindle). #TheLoneGladio #SibelEdmonds amzn.to/2FmoWwd
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1. Toxic masculinity killed 25 people
2. State negligence and refusal to invest in the train system continues to kill #Egyptians
Clearly, the long-running neglect by successive #Egyptian regimes of the rail network has claimed too many lives. And re yesterday’s tragedy, the long-running refusal to confront patriarchy & toxic masculinity - on state and street level - will also continue to claim lives.
A fight between 2 men killed 25 people. When I write or talk about feminism and the need to dismantle patriarchy, I hear “This isn’t the time!” When is the time? Men who benefit from patriarchy don’t care about its toll on others. It took a toll on 25 people yesterday. #Egypt
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🇺🇸Previewing Secretary Pompeo's Upcoming Trip to:
Budapest 🇭🇺, Bratislava 🇸🇰, Warsaw 🇵🇱, Brussels 🇧🇪, and Reykjavik 🇮🇸state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/20… (from @StateDept)
❤️🇺🇸 #Hungary 🇭🇺
Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Hungarian Defense Minister Benko state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/20… (from @StateDept)
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Very big news for EU refugee policy. #Italy hardliner #Salvini backs relocation - breaking from Orbán’s #Hungary push-back policy. But what does it mean? #SeaWatch3 Thread 1/18
Salvini - Dep PM & Interior Min - claimed in Jun ‘18 that Italy’s ports are “closed” to rescued people. He even turned away Italian coastguard boat “Diciotti”. 2/
And last week Salvini blocked #SeaWatch3 from embarking the people rescued from shipwreck. They applied straight to the European Court of Human Rights and... Salvini & EU states found a solution. 3/
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@Emmycollects #Hungary, #Poland, #Russia, perhaps? Maybe Czech Republic, too.
@Emmycollects #Slovenia gets a honorable mention, too.
@Emmycollects #Slovenia gets a honorable mention because of Richard Sulík (who valiantly stood his ground in the face of #Maas () and #Stegner (). My only quibble with his performance is that Sulík FORGOT to tell Stegner that
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I want to turn your attention to the #Balkans.

Tens of thousands are protesting in #Serbia for the fifth week in a row. Despite the snow and cold weather, despite the censorship in the country, the people want their voice to be heard. I hope the world takes a good look.
Publicly owned communications giant Telekom bought a private cable network Kopernikus (owned by a brother of a high ranking ruling party official) for €200m.

Money was then used to finance the acquisitin of the remaining two foreign owned TV stations with national frequency.
The reasons for the protest:

-wide scale censorship and media control
-beating of @BorkoStef, one of the opposition leaders with metal rods
-eroding democracy and freedom of elections
-shady negotiations with #Kosovo behind closed doors
-corruption
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The new @wiiw_news Handbook of #Statistics 2018 contains updated key #macroeconomic & structural indicators for 22 economies in #CESEE serving as easy-to-use reference tool & facilitating comparisons across topics, countries & time.
wiiw.ac.at/wiiw-handbook-…
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New features of the 2018 ed. include e.g.
- new key indicators at #regional levels
- #wages & #investment data by activity now also available for #Turkey
- comparable #structural breakdown for all countries
Find below examples of some conclusions from the newly released data
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All countries in #CESEE experienced positive #economic #growth in 2017, clear leader was #EUCEE with average real GDP growth of 4.9%. Ten economies achieved their highest real #GDP growth rates over the last 5 years.
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"Psychotherapy in Europe": we at @HistHum are all very excited about publication of @SarahVMarks's special issue on #psychotherapy, which includes contributions on #Greece #Yugoslavia #Hungary #SovietUnion #Sweden #Britain journals.sagepub.com/toc/hhsa/31/4 #histpsych
Rachael Rosner (for "History of Psychology") & @SarahVMarks (for @HistHum) have published parallel issues on history of psychotherapy – Rachael's focusing on Americas, Sarah's on Europe. These mark the coming of age of the field "history of #psychotherapy" apa.org/pubs/highlight…
Here's Rachael Rosner's special issue on the history of #psychotherapy in the Americas apa.org/pubs/journals/… #histpsych
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🔴 As we mark #HumanRightsDay, a devastating new @EURightsAgency Report on #Antisemitism in #Europe underscores how alarming situation has become.

You can read full report, most extensive in years, here: bit.ly/2Qovhjh

But thread below on some of these jarring figures:
@EURightsAgency @TimmermansEU @VeraJourova @kschnurbein @EUinIsrael @EGiaufretEU @IsraelinEU ➡️ 90% of Jews feel #Antisemitism has increased over past 5 years.

➡️ 89% of Jews think Antisemitism is most problematic on the internet & on social media.

➡️ 71% avoid Jewish symbols (e.g., kippah, Star of David, etc) in public things that could identify them as Jewish.

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@EURightsAgency @TimmermansEU @VeraJourova @kschnurbein @EUinIsrael @EGiaufretEU @IsraelinEU ➡️ 85% of Jews consider #Antisemitism to be the biggest social or political problem in their home country;

➡️ 28% of respondents have been harassed at least once in the past year, with those being visibly Jewish most effected;

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